Fernando Torres has opened up on his decision to quit Liverpool back in 2011, and his subsequent struggles at Chelsea.
Torres arrived on Merseyside in 2007 and instantly established himself as one of the Premier League’s most feared forwards, netting 33 goals in all competitions in his first season in English football.
El Nino went on to score 81 goals for the Anfield outfit during his three-and-a-half-year stay on Merseyside, before completing a high-profile £50 million move to Premier League rivals, Chelsea, in the January of 2011.
Torres had established himself as a firm fan favourite during his time at Liverpool, but admitted that his move to Stamford Bridge was driven by his desire to win trophies, as well as ‘lies’ from the club’s previous owners, Hicks and Gillett.
“I was really happy at Liverpool,” Torres told talkSport.
“But if you remember at that time the club was about to be sold and it was a very difficult situation.
“They sold all their best players, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Rafa Benitez left, and they started bringing in young players.
“So they needed maybe six, seven years to create a winning team again and I didn’t have that time because I [had already] left my home in Atletico to win trophies.
"I thought Chelsea would be the club who will offer me the most chances of winning trophies."
"#LFC needed five, six or seven years to create a winning team again and I didn't have that time."
"I wasn't consistent."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 15, 2020
“Unfortunately there were many lies by the owners that Liverpool had at that time, and in the end I needed to find my own way which was Chelsea, who I thought would be the club who would offer me the chance of winning trophies.”
Torres had suffered a dip in form prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, and it never really returned, the striker’s best return for the Blues being the 2012/13 campaign in which he netted just eight times in 36 league appearances.
However, he did play a significant part in the club’s sole Champions League triumph in 2011/12, scoring the definitive goal in the semi-final against Barcelona to spark Gary Neville’s now-infamous reaction in the commentary box.
Eight years ago today: Fernando Torres, the Nou Camp, and Gary Neville’s goalgasm…pic.twitter.com/uD484OMWK5
— It’s A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) April 24, 2020
Despite getting his hands on the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during his time in west London, Torres admitted he was unable to rediscover his previous consistency.
“It was maybe my fault for not being able to adapt quicker [at Chelsea],” he continued. “I had good moments but I wasn’t consistent. If you are not performing every week then someone will come in.
“I always said it was my fault. I was old enough to find solutions but I didn’t do it. I won the trophies but I didn’t do it every week.
“[Carlo] Ancelotti was the manager when I signed. I spoke with him before I signed, but that was not the reason I signed.
“Every year they change the manager, and it’s always a big manager.
“I knew the difficulties of going to Chelsea, but I thought it was the team to offer the chances of winning more trophies. They hadn’t won the Champions League and a generation like that needed to win the Champions League. Finally we did it.”